The plant is said to originate from India, China and Java and is native to
Africa and the West Indies. It was most likely brought to Europe between the
10th and 15th century as a condiment and spice. The name ginger is said to
be derived from the Gingi district in India, where tea made from ginger is
used for stomach upsets.
Description of Ginger essential
Ginger is a perennial herb and grows to about 3-4 feet high with a thick
spreading tuberous rhizome. Every year it shoots up a stalk with narrow
spear-shaped leaves, as well as white or yellow flowers growing directly
from the root. Ginger root is widely used around the world as a spice or
food additive. For a skin application or in an aromatic bath, mix with
vegetable oil (sweet almond, jojoba) or with a liquid cream (Sanomulse).
: spicy, Warm and Stimulating
: Light yellow
Ginger oil has various chemical
compounds that include pinene, camphene, pinene, cineole, linalool, borneol,
terpineol, nerol, neral, geraniol, geranial, geranyl acetate, bisabolene,
: It is extrtacted by the steam distillation
from unpeeled or dried (rhizome) of plants.
The therapeutic properties of Ginger oil are analgesic, anti-emetic,
antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, expectorant,
febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic.
Ginger is warming, stimulating and grounding. It aids memory and is an
aphrodisiac and also helps with pain relief and detoxification.
Ginger oil is used in the treatment of fractures, rheumatism, arthritis,
bruising, carbuncles, diarrhea, colic, cramps, nausea, hangovers, travel and
sea sickness, colds and flu, sores on the skin, sore throat,catarrh,
congestion, coughs, sinusitis, chills and fever. Ginger is an excellent
natural remedy for nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness and general
stomach upset due to its carminative effect that helps break up and expel
intestinal gas. Ginger tea has been recommended to alleviate nausea in
chemotherapy patients primarily because its natural properties do not
interact in a negative way with other medications. It is a safe remedy for
morning sickness, since it will not harm the foetus. Some studies show
ginger may also help prevent certain forms of cancer.
Cosmetics and Toiletries:
In cosmetics and essence, it is helpful in skin care as well increase
fragrance, essential oils are highly versatile and can be used in a variety
of ways such as room fragrances, bath oils, massage oils, perfumes,
inhalations, natural preservatives and in cosmetic preparations. This ginger
essence oil is uncut, undiluted, alcohol free, long lasting high grade
essence oil - excellent for aromatherapy uses - to scent candles; freshen
potpourri; in soap making; massage oils; bath oil and also as a perfume body
Ginger oil is used in lot of perfumery creation and blending with other
essential oils such as :
Burners and vaporizers
In vapor therapy, it can be used to help relieve catarrh, lethargy, nausea,
colds, flu, feeling of loneliness and loss of libido.
Blended oil or in the bath
In blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, it can be used for
arthritis, rheumatism, lethargy, nausea, colds and flu, muscle aches, poor
circulation and digestive upsets.
Blended in base cream
As a part of a cream or lotion it can be used for arthritis, muscle aches,
rheumatism, and also to help with poor circulation and to disperse bruises.
Drop on handkerchief
For ease of use, when applying a drop of oil to a handkerchief for quick
inhalation, it can be used for nausea, morning sickness, indigestion, colds
and flu and travel sickness.
When used with hot compresses, ginger oil can be used for arthritis,
rheumatism, muscle aches and digestive upsets.
Ginger is used mainly as flavoring condiments and a popular spice.Ginger
root is a seasoning and flavors sweets, including cakes, cookies, breads,
and beverages. It is also good in sauces, and fruit dishes, and is often
used heavily in Asian cooking. When buying, look for ginger root with the
least amount of knots and/or branching ginger. It can be used in the
different forms in the flavor industry.
Fresh Ginger :
Available in in two forms: young and
mature. Young roots, also called green or spring ginger, has a pale, thin
skin that requires no peeling, is very tender and has a milder flavor. It
can be grated, chopped, or julienned for use. Mature ginger root has a tough
skin that must be peeled away to get to the fibrous flesh and is usually
grated, chopped or ground for use.
This form is usually found in whole fingers
and also in slices. It is usually soaked in recipe liquid before using.
Called gari or beni shoga in Japan, this
form is pickled in sweet vinegar and is usually colored bright red or pink.
It is a familiar accompaniment t
Preserved Ginger :
Also available in Asian and specialty
markets, this form has been preserved in a sugar-salt mixture. It is
generally used as a confection or added to desserts, and it is especially
good with melons. o sushi and is also eaten to refresh the breath. Available
at Asian markets, it should be kept refrigerated in its container.
Also known as candied ginger, this
form has been cooked in a sugar syrup until tender and then coated with
granulated sugar. It is commonly used in desserts and can easily be made at
Also referred to as powdered, this dried,
ground form is quite different than fresh. It is readily available in
standard supermarkets, and is used primarily in sweets and curry mixes.